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What made the experience of listening to The Bell House the most enjoyable?
The story was superb, and the narrator used different voices for the characters and really did a great job.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Diana, I felt both sad and horrified by her. And her anger was funny to me for some reason.
What does Patricia Santomasso bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
A great interpretation of characters.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It just built up a subtle creepiness that really kept me engaged with believable characters and a great story.
Any additional comments?
The Bell House, by Lori Titus, was quite wonderful. Jenna Bell’s husband dies in a fire that destroys their house, and suddenly her half-sister Diana shows up and tells her that their father left a house on the Bell property to her and suggests that she moves in. But unbeknownst to the reader, Diana has ulterior motives. Jenna takes her up on the offer, and the fun starts. It’s a book with roots back to slavery, but based on modern times. Bell House has a lot of history, and much of it is bad. This book felt like a classic to me. Somewhat reminiscent of the Sarah Waters novel, The Little Stranger. Same kind of gothic feel and subtle creepiness which builds slowly throughout the novel. The character interactions are entertaining and very well done. My favorite was Diana, with whom I was both horrified with and also felt sorry for. The past comes back to haunt you, even when the past was before you were born. I listened to the audiobook version of this novel, and the narration was also wonderful. This is an instant favorite and a tip top novel. Highly recommend.